Chelmsford Hylands Park 2008 (gig)

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Festival poster
Muse show
Venue Hylands Park[1] (V Festival[2]—main stage headline[2])
Date 16th August 2008[2]
Location Chelmsford[2]
Country United Kingdom
Songs 15[3]
  • Stereophonics, The Kooks, Maxïmo Park[4] »
  • Alanis Morissette, The Futureheads[4]
Start (UTC+1) 21:20 (Muse)[5]
Capacity Unknown
Price (GBP) 145.00 (camping), 125.00 (weekend), 70.00 (one day)[6]
Sold out? Unknown

A user of Drowning in Sound claimed on the 21st of January that a "reliable industry source" indicated that Muse would be headlining V Festival 2008.[7] Three days later, Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis commented that he'd heard that Muse were playing V Festival.[8] In the comment, he appeared unsure - this belief may have derived from rumours started by the aforementioned claim.[7][8] Following Eavis' comment, eFestivals listed Muse as a "strong rumour".[9] However, on the 29th of January they removed Muse.[9] The next day, an eFestivals admin stated they had information that Muse were not going to play V Festival 2008.[10] This information proved to be false, as on the 12th of February, the Muse website announced Muse would be playing V Festival 2008.[2]

The first pre-sale took place on the 3rd of March, for customers of Virgin Media or Virgin Mobile services only. A second pre-sale spanned the hour before general sale, at 09:00 on the 7th of March.[11] Tickets went on sale the same day[2] at 10:00.[12]

Matthew Bellamy initially said in the June 2008 issue of Q magazine that "a couple of new songs should be played",[source?] but later recanted during a July after-show party, wherein he stated that no new music would be played live this year.[13] As previously hinted at,[source?] the band submitted a plan to the festival's health and safety personnel, for a "stunt" involving a model UFO approaching the stage. This plan was rejected.[14]

Bellamy wore red, Wolstenholme wore black and white and Dominic Howard wore a black shirt with blue trousers. Bellamy tossed his Manson Chrome Bomber across the stage at the end of Knights of Cydonia.


After Knights of Cydonia Bellamy "Thank you!"
Howard "You guys rock, we love you.... Take care, see you again, cheers".


A pro-video shot of Dead Star was released as a form of a Christmas gift. Hysteria, Knights Of Cydonia and Supermassive Black Hole were shown on 4Music.



  1. (2008-01). [Official information]. V Festival website. Retrieved 2008-01-21 from
  2. a b c d e f V Festival Announcement! (2008-02-12). Muse website. Retrieved 2008-02-12 from[dead link].
  3. Amy 'Plug In Amy'. (2008-08-16). [Forum post]. Muselive. Retrieved 2008-08-16 from
  4. a b (2008-03-04). [Official lineup]. V Festival website. Retrieved 2008-03-04 from
  5. Vfestival08. (2008-08-16). [Muse onstage announcement]. Twitter. Retrieved 2008-08-16 from
  6. (2008-03-04). [Ticket information]. V Festival website. Retrieved 2008-03-04 from
  7. a b Kev Kharas. (2008-01-21). Muse and the Verve headlining V Festival, apparently. Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2008-01-25 from
  8. a b Four rumours ruled out of Glastonbury (2008-01-24). Virtual Festivals. Retrieved 2008-01-25 from [verify]
  9. a b judderman. (2008-01-30). [Forum post]. Muse forum. Retrieved 2008-01-30 from
  10. eFestivals. (2008-01-30). [eFestivals forum post]. eFestivals forum. Retrieved 2008-01-30 from
  11. V Festival Pre-Sale! (2008-03-04). Muse website. Retrieved 2008-03-04 from[dead link].
  12. (2008). [Official information]. V Festival website. Retrieved 2008-02-18 from
  13. SOUSOUS. (2008-07-21). [Forum post]. Muse forum. Retrieved 2008-07-21 from
  14. World Entertainment News Network. (2008-08-12). Festival organisers ban Muse stunt. Yahoo News. Retrieved 2008-08-12 from

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